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Nursing, R.N. to B.S.N.

For many associate degree prepared registered nurses (RNs), completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree affords additional career opportunities and a broader scope of practice.

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Program Overview

The Kirkhof College of Nursing's fully online RN to BSN program features synchronous and asynchronous coursework and small class sizes, which provide individualized, meaningful engagement with professors and fellow students. Unlike correspondence courses, our faculty and academic advisors guide students through every step of the program, meeting the needs of students working full-time.

This program is ideal for students currently enrolled in or who have graduated from an associate degree in nursing program or registered nurses who have been working for any length of time. The enrolled student must be licensed as an RN in their state of residency before beginning 400-level courses.

Secondary admission to the program is required. For more on the RN to BSN program, visit

Why Study Nursing at Grand Valley?

  • Nursing courses are taught conveniently in an online format.
  • Learning from exceptional faculty invested in student success.
  • Graduates will have an exceptional blend of clinical, organizational, economic, and leadership skills and will be prepared to contribute to health care reform.
  • Individual program plans are developed by your academic advisor and local, precepted clinical experiences are coordinated for you by our full-time clinical placement coordinator.
  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education,

Career Insights

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GVSU is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Location & Format

Classes are offered online with applied learning through clinical practicum in senior year.



The curriculum builds upon a foundation of the arts, sciences, and humanities to expand and deepen the R.N.'s current knowledge. Classes include content on research, evidence-based practice, safety and quality, professional identity, informatics, emergency preparedness, leadership, community and population health nursing.

Admission Requirements

  • You must apply to Grand Valley State University (GVSU) for admission as a degree-seeking student. Upon admission to GVSU you must participate in Transfer Student Advising and Registration and declare nursing as your major. Secondary application is required for the RN to B.S.N. program within the Kirkhof College of Nursing.
  • To be admitted to the RN to B.S.N. program a prospective student must have earned an overall GPA of 3.0 or have earned a 3.0 GPA within their last 15 credits. In addition, a student must demonstrate completion of the required prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C (2.0).

Prior to beginning the NUR 400-level courses:

  • Students must complete comprehensive health compliance requirements including, but not limited to, a criminal background check, fingerprinting, and drug screening. Clinical sites can refuse to accept students who have not successfully completed all GVSU health requirements. It is the responsibility of the student to establish and maintain all compliance requirements. Please note: If there is illegal activity in the background check/fingerprinting or if there is evidence of one or more prohibited substance(s) in the drug test, the clinical sites have the right to refuse a students placement which may negatively impact a students ability to progress in the BSN program and subsequently graduate.
  • Students must be licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) in their state of residency before beginning the senior nursing sequence. The students RN licensure must remain unencumbered while enrolled in the RN to B.S.N. program.

For More Information

Kirkhof College of Nursing
333 Michigan St NE, Ste. 410
(616) 331-7160

Kirkhof College of Nursing Office of Student Services

(616) 331-7160
[email protected]

Admissions Office


“The program was so much more than just collecting a degree. The environment at KCON is inclusive and collaborative, and because of this, it changed my nursing practice.”